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Getting Back On Track Secrets

Slip-ups are inevitable. What is the best way to get on track when things do not go according to plan?

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Stop Snacking in the Evening

I had gotten into a bad habit of snacking a lot in the evening while watching TV. I am using a tip from SparkPeople to stop. After dinner, I must stop at 9 PM and brush my teeth. I am not allowing myself anything else but water after that time. I find I am happy with a chosen snack or 2 but "close" the kitchen by 9! I don't want to have to brush again before bedtime. emoticon It seems to be working.

- Submitted by DEBBLO 10/26/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments

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Mind

I decided to put my mind into deciding to get better.

- Submitted by LWALKER21 10/11/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments

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In For The Long Haul

Either I'm too stubborn or a slow learner, but I finally realized that I have to eat for the rest of my life, not "diet" for it, so I make sure I eat all the things I love, that comfort me, that satisfy me, only make them "lighter and healthier". Some things I really love are already pretty healthy. I love mushrooms, and prawns, and salmon. As for the rest I can either substitute or change the cooking methods and voila! It's pretty painless and something I can finally maintain for the long haul.

- Submitted by ARIELLEKELLY 10/8/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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What was I thinking??

We are all human but I want to live longer & healthier. I've lost weight before so, I know I can do it again...it's just taking me longer to reassess and readjust to current needs--and attitudes. I have to give my daily (many times a day) pep talk to my brain.

- Submitted by LAURMILCH 9/20/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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Plan, Plan, Plan

When you stray from your goals the easiest way to get back on track is by planning.
Plan to Succeed!
Plan your food for the day
Plan time to exercise.. Even if you only have 10 minutes
Plan to surround yourself with supportive people
Giving yourself positive feedback should be part of your plan
This is a journey and you will have success if you follow your plan. Cheers!

- Submitted by IWORKING 8/7/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments

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You can't change the past. You can change the future.

When I fall off the wagon diet-wise, I don't drop out of the race. I believe that no matter how often I creep back into old habits I will never reach a stage where I say "I failed again - I might as well give up forever!" I always believe there is hope that this is going to be the time when I change my habits for life. My attitude to abandoned diets from the past is that losing some weight for a while is better than never having lost any and potentially being way bigger than I am now. emoticon

- Submitted by SLIMMERKIWILADY 7/24/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments

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Make A Schedule

I got kind of lost in all of the information out there about losing weight so I made a calendar on my phone that alerts me when it's time to eat, cook, workout etc. These times corrospond with appointments and my work schedule so I'm able to "make an appointment" to work out and only eat when my calendar tells me it's time to!

- Submitted by DSCH1207 7/22/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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Quit thinking!!

Just STOP the thought train that creates "reasons" (excuses) and debates whether or not you should exercise or eat right. When I hear myself debating and rationalizing, I call myself out on it. "Heyyyyyy.........wait a minute........" Once I realize where that train is headed, I jump right off and get back on the right track. Listen to yourself and quit thinking! ;-)

- Submitted by ODAT1117 7/10/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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workout excuse

Dont blame your workout partner for you not working out. You can workout by yourself

- Submitted by PATTYHYK 7/7/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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When facing temptation...

I remind myself "What I REALLY want matters more than what I want right NOW."

Remembering that I have made weight loss and a healthy lifestyle the priority helps me put temptations and cravings in perspective--it takes away their power, and empowers me to make mindful choices.

- Submitted by AGILECAT 6/6/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 4 Comments
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